Open source is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread. We can safely say that it has changed the way we make websites and apps. Thanks to open source code, creating an online presence has become way cheaper than it used to be a while ago when the internet was in its infancy.
Open source is nothing else but code that is free for everybody to access, modify and use as they see fit. WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla! are only three examples of projects that are based on open source code. This is something new. Before the open source project was created, websites and internet applications didn’t offer free access to their code. Everything was encrypted, so website owners had to pay their coder to make changes whenever needed. Besides, even if you had access to the original code, you weren’t allowed to use it for your projects, as it belonged to its creator. Replacing your web developer was a huge problem, as most of them used to write their code, difficult to understand by another coder. Besides, they all encrypted their work before their websites or apps went public so that nobody would steal their code.
Open source code is entirely different.
You can reverse engineer projects based on it, and then take whatever code sequences you want and use them to create something new. There are no limits when it comes to tweaking and adjusting the code to suit your needs. You can find open source projects online on GitHub or various blogs, as well as in discussion forums and Facebook groups on IT and coding topics. Everything is accessible and easy to use, hence making the life of web developers so much easier. Furthermore, many people have specialized in developing add-ons and plugins for the most popular open source apps. All these make it very easy for anyone who wants a professional website to build one without too much coding knowledge. Without open source, all these people would have needed to pay expensive developers to build and update their websites.
The most significant advantage of open source projects is that they are developed and maintained by teams of experienced coders. This means that the code is always up to date with the latest technologies and with the latest security features. At the same time, open source projects are also the most exposed to hackers and other cyber criminals out there, as they also have access to the code, just like everyone else. Keeping open source apps secure at all times is one of the most significant challenges for programmers from all over the world.
This is open source in a nutshell. You can easily see that it has made the web a more user-friendly environment. Even beginners can learn how to use this code to create beautiful apps with advanced functionality and professional appearance. Our modern world is more inclined to sharing knowledge and information than ever before. This is good for all of us, coders and consumers.
Microsoft is on target to acquire a coding platform that has become very popular with software coders and developers around the world. The tech giant is in the process of buying GitHub for a reported 7.5 billion dollars. At last check, GitHub was currently valued at almost $2 billion.
Once combined, the two companies will help to empower developers to be able to achieve more of their goals at each stage during the development process, bring the developer services and tools of Microsoft to an entirely new audience and speed up enterprise use of the coding platform.
The Purchase Agreement
Microsoft has a long-standing of being a company that focuses on developers first. By deciding to join forces with a coding platform such as GitHub, the tech giant is planning to strengthen its commitment to providing developers freedom, innovation, and openness.
Microsoft is well aware of the responsibility it is undertaking for having community responsibility under the agreement, and the company promises to empower all developers to innovate and build some of the most pressing challenges in the world.
Under the agreement terms, the purchase of GitHub for $7.5 billion will be completed via Microsoft stock. The purchase is also subject to a completion of a regulatory review and customary closing conditions. If everything goes as planned, the acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Upcoming Changes For GitHub?
Also under the agreement, the coding platform will also retain a developer first community for developers and will continue to operate independently. By retaining this independence, GitHub will also be able to provide an open source platform for developers in any industry.
This means that developers will still be able to use programming languages, operating systems and tools of their choice for all of their projects. These developers will also be able to still deploy their code for any operating system, device or cloud.
Global Digital Transformation
In today’s global economy, there are more software companies now than ever before. This places software developers at the forefront of the digital transformation that has been taking place since the dawn of the 21st century.
These companies and developers are driving business functions and processes across departments and organizations. This covers areas from HR (Human Resources) to IT to customer service and marketing. The choices that developers make will have an impact on growth and value creation in every industry.
GitHub has become the home for today’s developers, and it is considered to be the top global destination for software innovation and open source projects. The coding platform currently hosts an extensive network of software developers in almost every country in the world. These developers represent over 1 million companies in industries including:
- Financial Services
Microsoft highly expects that the financials of GitHub will be reported as part of the segment known as the Intelligent Cloud. The acquisition will be accrued to the 2020 fiscal year operating income. This will be done on a non-GAAP basis.
A pioneer of the open source era, SUSE, the first company to provide open source services to companies, is acquired for 2.535 billion dollars by the Swedish private equity group EQT Partners. This acquisition comes shortly after SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 is available in beta.
Largest operation in SUSE history
With 1400 employees worldwide, SUSE achieved sales of nearly $35 million in the last twelve months of 2017. The amount of the sale is 26.7 times the adjusted operating income of the SUSE software unit for the 12 months ended October 2017.
Since its creation by German students, SUSE (Software- und System-Entwicklung) has been bought several times, notably by the American software company Novell in 2003 at 120 million dollars in 2003, with the aim of a competitive strategy with Microsoft’s operating systems. Without success, Novell itself was bought by Attachmate Group for 2.2 billion. In 2014 Attachmate merged with the British software company Micro Focus for 1.2 billion dollars. The acquisition by EQT Partners, therefore, represents the most significant transaction in the company’s history.
SUSE to focus on infrastructure
SUSE appears to be pleased with the new partnership with its new owner EQT Partners and is also committed to focusing on its expansion into the IT infrastructure field.
“This is exciting news for all of us at SUSE and marks the next step on our path of growth and momentum. The investment and support provided by EQT will enable us to continue to drive our strategy. »
What about open source?
In the announcement on the company’s blog, SUSE wants to reassure about its commitment to the open source world and the continuity of development projects:
“SUSE intends to continue its commitment to open source business and development model and actively participate in communities and projects aimed at bringing open source innovation to the high-quality enterprise. Reliable and usable solutions. Our genuinely open source model, where open refers to the freedom of choice offered to customers and not just the code used in our solutions, is integrated into the SUSE culture, differentiates us in the marketplace and has been the key to our years of success.
The company also confirms the continuation of the current management team: “The current management team led by SUSE CEO, Nils Brauckmann, will remain and continue to focus on the success of customers and partners with a deep commitment and commitment to communities and open source projects.